Detective Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Homicide Victim’s Mother, Lawsuit Says

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A woman has taken on a federal lawsuit against a Philadelphia homicide detective who allegedly sexually assaulted and harassed her while investigating her son’s murder, Fox News reported. 

The mother, who tragically lost her son to gun violence on Nov. 2, 2020, is now pursuing a lawsuit against the detective in charge of the case. According to a court filing obtained by Fox News, the woman who is referred to as Jane Doe is suing detective Donald Suchinsky,

“a seasoned investigator,”

for sexual assault and harassment after he allegedly made several unwanted advances on her. 

Suchinsky reportedly called the victim from an office phone

“and told her there were ‘things’ he wanted to do to her, but he could not say what they were,”

the lawsuit claims. The lawsuit also accuses Suchinsky of asking the woman for images. Other officers were allegedly aware of Suchinsky inappropriate behavior but did not intervene. 

The lawsuit went on to say that Suchinsky went as far as to invite the woman to police headquarters and then sexually assaulted her in her car. After the alleged assault the woman asked if a different detective could be assigned to her case but no efforts were taken, according to the civil complaint. Suchinsky continued to spend months harassing the grieving mother, sending distasteful emails and phone calls, reports note. 

According to court records, it appears that Suchinsky has been listed in at least three prior federal lawsuits against the city. However, the cases filed in 2019, 2010, and 1999 were all dismissed. Fox News reached out to the Philadelphia Police Department for answers to which they responded,

“The PPD cannot comment on the specifics of these allegations due to an active Internal Affairs investigation, as well as pending litigation.” 

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